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Changes in your breast: Normal or concerning?

Do you know what things to look for when performing a breast self-exam? It can be confusing to check your breasts when you aren’t sure what exactly you’re looking for. Many questions often come to mind: What are the worrisome signs? When should I contact my physician? It is important for women to have breast...
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Bike and ATV safety for kids

There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun and exercise and is a great way for kids to get from point A to point B. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while you...
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Breast health blind spots

As we head into October, a cycle of predictable events unfolds. The leaves start to turn, the Clemson University football team revs up its National Championship machine and Breast Cancer Awareness Month arrives. Now, I can’t do anything to make nature’s paintings any better. Nor can I do anything about Clemson’s juggernaut – believe me,...
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Keeping your child safe in the car

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable death and injury to children in the U.S. Using the appropriate car seat – correctly – decreases the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70%. Here are some tips to help you keep your children safe on the road: Stay in a rear-facing car seat as...
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Lifelong care for a lifelong condition

Vaniesha McFadden and her newborn baby daughter have a lot in common. Mothers and daughters often do, but this duo both share a diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD). And not only that, but they both receive treatment for the disease from the same program. Prisma Health’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program is one of...
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Teens and vaping: What parents can do

While adolescent use of tobacco has steadily declined over the past five decades, e-cigarettes are threatening to snare a new generation with nicotine addiction. In 2018, more than 1 in 5 high school seniors and 1 in 12 eighth graders reported vaping in the past month, as compared to a near-zero use in 2011. E-cigarettes...
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Achieve your best health with FUN ways to exercise

If it’s not fun, why do it? While that might be a bit of an overstatement, it’s not far off the attitude we take toward various aspects of life. We expect our work, hobbies, even things like our community involvement to bring us enjoyment. So why is it that so many people have come to...
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Summer, salt and sun

There is a true story that gets circulated among those interested in wilderness medicine of three elderly women who set out on a guided trip down the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon, along with about a dozen other passengers. As expected, they were counseled on the risks of dehydration in the arid desert environment....
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Acne and adolescents

More than 80% of teenagers experience acne. The bad news is that there is no cure. The good news is that it usually clears up as your teen gets older. Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by chocolate, fried foods or anything else in a teenager’s usual diet. It’s not the...
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Spiders in the Upstate: What you need to know

If you’re about my age, there’s a good chance you grew up having seen the classic horror movie “Arachnophobia.”  There may exist some natural enmity between eight-legged creatures and humans, but this film seemed to secure in all our minds how horrifying spiders truly are. They’re just waiting in our showers, our slippers and our...
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